2008 PhD (Geology), University of Otago
2006 MPhil (Earth Sciences), Australian National University
2001 MSc (Hons, Geology), University of Auckland
1999 BSc (Geology), University of Auckland
Professional positions held
Oct 2019 – present W2 Professorin für Strukturgeologie und Tektonik, Universität Mainz, Germany; Honorary Research Associate Professor, Universities of Otago and Auckland, NZ
Dec 2018-Sept 2019 Associate Dean – International, Division of Sciences, University of Otago, NZ.
Feb 2018-Sept 2019 Research Associate Professor, University of Otago, NZ.
Feb 2013-Jan 2018 Senior Lecturer, University of Otago, NZ (‘above the bar’ since February 2017)
June-Sept 2017 Specially Appointed Associate Professor, Graduate School of Sciences, Hokkaido University, Japan
Jan 2009-Jan 2013 Lecturer, University of Otago; confirmed (ie. tenured) Sept 2011.
Aug-Dec 2008 Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Texas A&M University, USA.
Jan-July 2008 Lecturer, University of Otago.
2005-2007 Teaching Assistant, University of Otago, NZ.
2003 Teaching Assistant, Monash University, Australia
2001-2002 Engineering Geologist, Fraser Thomas Ltd., Auckland, NZ.
1999-2000 Research Assistant, Engineering Geology Ltd., Auckland, NZ
Structural geology and tectonics: I study localisation in faults and shear zones throughout Earth’s lithosphere; rheology of geological materials; SW Pacific tectonic plate motions; paleoseismology and landscape evolution, and geo-resource sustainability. Methods: I make field observations, undertake microtextural analysis, particularly by electron beam, and synchrotron methods, perform deformation experiments, and validate results by computational models. I lead and participate in continental and oceanic scientific drilling projects, and co-ordinate drilling consortia membership and scientific directions.